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And they’re off!

And they’re off!

Big day around here as the Baerg 4 headed off on the first day of school.

It was the last “first day” of middle school for this girl: (and it boggles my mind that my first baby will be in high school next year!)

This girl went to her last “first day” of elementary school: (5th grade, seriously?!)

This girl was thrilled to be a third grader:

And it was this little guys first day of kindergarten:

We arrived right on time (and yes, we have been late on the first day before) and took a quick “stand by the sign” pic (the girls would have NOTHING to do with standing by the sign!):

And then found his classroom:

And it was time to say “Goodbye”:

Only I didn’t because I still had to go in the room and check it out:

And when one of my friends saw this picture she emailed and asked….”DARLA, seriously how long did you stay?” And I mean, is it really a problem to stay through naptime?

Just kidding! I left and with only a lump in my throat. He was more than ready to be there and had a few buddies in his class and was clearly excited to stay.

At the last second I suggested to Bill that we run by Savannah’s class just to make sure she got there. I have no idea why I said that since this is her 5th year at a school that really isn’t really that big at all. We’d been in the kindergarten wing a good 10 minutes, at least. When we came around the corner we saw Savannah with a look on her face of “I have been lost the last 10 minutes and please don’t say anything just let me walk with this nice stranger who is taking me to my class.” Wow. But she made it – with her teacher, safe and sound.

And since Savannah seemed to lose her way, we had to then check on Brittany.

Everyone was in their proper place and it was all good.

That is, until 10:30 AM.

When I got a call from the Jacob’s kindergarten teacher.

It went like this: “Uhm, Mrs. Baerg, it seems Jacob doesn’t have a lunch and he is apparently not interested in buying the chicken sandwich the cafeteria is serving.”

And y’all, I ran into the kitchen as fast as I could to see if his lunch was sitting on the counter. And what to my wondering eyes should appear? Caroline’s lunch! I now knew I had two kids at two separate schools missing lunches on the FIRST day.

Waytogo mom!


So I searched the house and found Jacob’s lunch in his bathroom by his stool where he brushed his teeth.

And then I raced to those two schools and did the motherhood walk of shame into the office carrying lunches.


The funniest was when I slunk into the middle school and the secretary said with a knowing smile….”6th grader?”

And I had to say … “no, it would be 8th.”

All of the hoopla reminded me of a conversation Caroline and I had on Sunday late afternoon. I asked if there was anything else I needed to get at the store and she said … “I thought you were going early in the week. You said you weren’t going to be one of THOSE MOMS who waited until the last second and had to go to the store when it looked like Kosovo and there was no bread or milk left on the night before school.”

Almost before she finished her sentence she started to laugh and said…

“Mom, some things never change.”

Praying your kids to school …

Praying your kids to school …

Whew! … the start of school is always crazy!

As I write this my kids are running through the house singing (screaming?) at the top of their lungs, trying on new outfits, making sure I know what they want in their lunch box, wondering what their new classes will be like … and Jacob can’t stop talking about the catfish that his teacher has sitting on a bookshelf in his new room. Their excitement is palpable…in fact I wonder if they are ever going to fall asleep!

I’ve made sure they have their school supplies, clothes, backpacks, water bottles and lunchboxes. Their forms are filled out (well, most of them anyway!) and we’ve set the alarms to be sure and wake up in time. But more importantly than what I can provide to meet their external needs are the things I can pray for to meet their internal needs.

I’m not gonna lie to ya…I’ve worried and fretted about who does or doesn’t have friends in their classes, is the class a right fit for my child, will the teacher understand the needs of my child … the list can go on and on. I keep hearing a nudge in my soul saying … “do you trust me or not?”

So yes … I’m sending them to school tomorrow trusting. Trusting that He knows where they should be and what needs they will need met. Trusting that my children will make decisions based on what we’ve tried to teach them and hoping and praying for the best.

All that to say … one of my friends sent me this prayer guide today that her mom had given her. It’s such a great reminder and outline of things we can pray (daily!) for our kids.

Things to pray:

1) Your child’s teacher – They spend a significant amount of time with your child and have an enormous influence on their year. Pray that they have a Christ-like heart and a love for children.

2) Your child’s friends – Pray that they are kind and loving. Pray that your child can share Jesus with them if they don’t already know Christ.

3) Your child’s academics – Schoolwork loses it’s luster for some children after a time. Pray that your child will love learning this year and absorb all that’s required of them. Ask that this love of learning never cease.

4) Safety at your school – We live in an unpredictable world. Pray for safety on your child’s campus and safety for all of the schools in our country.

5) Pray for your Principal/School Leaders – Decisions made by Principals and School Leaders have an incredible impact on our area. Ask that decisions be made in the best interest of all and that single agendas be left to the wayside. Pray for protection over these leaders and for their courage when standing up for Christian values.

6) Yourself – Pray that you, as the parent, will make wise decisions regarding your child’s education – academic and spiritual. Ask for guidance and for strength as you guide your child through this year.

Happy 2008-2009 School Year! Here’s to hoping it’s a great one!

UPDATED: 8/24/09

Another friend shared this prayer with me today and I love it too:

Here we are again, Lord. Their backpacks are loaded and their faces are scrubbed and their lunch accounts are full.

And I know you’ll walk with them, Lord. You always do. But a mom still has to ask.

Will You walk with them? Will You whisper to them what they need to hear, when I’m not there to whisper it?

Will You please, oh please, cover their school with the protection only You can give, and will You keep harm far away?

Will You make their minds strong and ready to learn? Will You help them understand that hard work honors the One who created them?

Will You guide their teachers, giving them patience and wisdom and creativity and more patience? Will You bless them for their efforts?

Will You love all those children there, the ones whose lunch accounts aren’t full, the ones who feel alone? Will You teach my children to be kind and unselfish and to love those who are different from them?

Will You point them back toward home just as soon as you can?

Lord, I give them to You today and everyday, trusting them to Your care.